Charles W Bergquist
Interdisciplinary approach to origins and trajectory of labor movement from late nineteenth century to present. Emphasis in contemporary period on popular movements, including neighborhood associations, religious base communities, women's movement, and ethnic mobilization for democratic social and political reform. Recommended: two non-language Latin American studies courses. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 488.
This year's course provides an overview of work and workers in Latin American history from colonial times to the present, with a special emphasis on workers in production for export and women in the labor force.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Previous courses on labor or Latin American history helpful but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Students write two short (2 page) reviews of assigned readings, give brief oral reports, and write a longer (approximately 15 page) paper on a labor topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. The paper can involve primary research (i.e., be based on documents) or it can critically assess several secondary works (books) on a subject.
Reviews 20% Oral participation (reports and class 30% discussion) Final paper 50%